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    Jamaican Patty Day Celebration

    Jamaican Patty Day Celebration

    Get your hands dirty every Monday night with some artful food fun:
    Be a guest judge in one of our competitive cook-offs, get creative with some do-it-yourself food art or sit back and sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour.
    The conflict began in 1985, when Jamaican patty purveyors in Toronto were informed their wares failed to conform to the federal Meat Inspection Act's definition of a "beef patty," reserved for the slab of meat typically used for hamburger. Fastidious food inspectors told patty peddlers to change the name of the dish + remove "beef patty" from signs + advertising. Scofflaws were threatened w/ fines. Unwilling to part w/ their heritage, Jamaican restaurants in the city banded together + threatened legal action. Grassroots groups sprang up to defend their precious patties + the Jamaican consulate in Toronto was flooded w/ angry phone calls. The kerfuffle made international headlines, particularly in Jamaica. Eventually, Ottawa backed down + allowed patty vendors to retain the name. To celebrate, patty proponents across the city gathered in Kensington Market on Feb. 23, 1985, to munch on beef patties + wash them down with ginger beer. Patty Day was born. Tonight we celebrate. Sponsored by our friends at VisitJamaica.com

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Foodie
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Feb. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.